Roughly 600 Sailors reported they were the victims of a sexual assault while in the Navy last year, according to Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel. Van Buskirk is heading up a campaign during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to bring that number down to zero.
Van Buskirk says:
"We can get this right in our service. We can set the example of what is really acceptable behavior; what is a good professional command climate, how we set the right environment for the right behavior to occur and we can really get to a zero incidence."
April's campaign to stop sexual assault has four themes, according to the Navy.
- Hurts One
- Affects All
- Prevention is Everyone's Duty
- We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault
The campaign includes posters, educational tools, and videos like this one, called "Prevention is Everybody's Duty":